Best Sedona Day Hokes

Best Sedona Day HikesPhoto Credit: teva.com

There's a hike for everyone in Sedona; some are breathtakingly beautiful with panoramic vistas, others wind through steep canyons where the only sound is the wind whispering through the Pinon pines. There are casual, shaded hikes that follow the cool growth along Oak Creek, or you might want to push yourself on one that climbs up over the red rocks to the towering heights where Kaibab limestone glints white in the sun.

Sedona's western canyons are great for sunsets. Just past Boynton Pass you can park at the Doe Mesa trailhead and have a choice of two hikes: Doe Mesa is a moderate one-hour ascent (3.6 mile round trip) to a plateau with great views everywhere you look; it's across the street from Bear Mountain. This is no easy hike with an elevation gain of 1,800 feet (6 miles return trip), but the locals will tell you it's the best trail around just bring lots of water and sunscreen.

When it's hot, most of us head for Oak Creek Canyon. At Midgley Bridge you have your choice of three hikes. The Huckaby Trail passes under the bridge and descends down to the creek where you can rest with your feet in the chilly water. You can continue on the trail for another five miles to the trailhead on Schnebly Hill road, or just go back to Midgley Bridge. The Wilson Canyon trail explores the wash upstream, following in the steps of pioneer Richard Wilson who tracked a wounded Grizzly and was then promptly killed by the bear. And finally, the Wilson Mountain trailhead also begins at the Bridge. Here you can ascend right up to the Ponderosa Pine forest that grows on the Colorado Plateau 1,500 feet above, but be warned this hike is strenuous without much shade once you begin.

Even when you hike by yourself in the canyons of Sedona you won't feel alone. The town sits in the middle of 1.8 million acres of National Forest and has a healthy population of animals, including: bobcats, mule deer, javelina, mountain lions and coyotes. For your best chances of an animal encounter, plan to be on the trails either around sunrise or sunset. Many of the trails also pass by ruins or walls covered with rock art and petroglyphs because during the time of the Sinagua, (500 AD and 1425 AD) there were as many as five thousand Indians living in the Verde Valley and the deeper you go into the canyons the stronger their presence becomes.

Use our handy table of trails below to find a Sedona day hike that's right for you, depending on your level of fitness, mood or timetable. You can choose a hike that will take you anywhere from a half-hour to a full day. These trails are accessible and great for hiking year-round. Check out our Weather page for expected temperatures and precipitation during your stay, but regardless of the weather, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, layered clothing, sunscreen and pack plenty of water (1/2 to a full gallon of water per person) and tell someone (your hotel concierge, innkeeper, or non-hiking travel companions) where you're going and when you expect to return.


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Four Seasons Guides

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Since 1999, offering guided hiking & backpacking tours in Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Utah. Choose from day tours to multi-day adventures. All-inclusive tours led by career professional guides with decades of backcountry experience.

Wildland Trekking

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Sedona Hiking App

Sedona Hiking App

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail. Visit and explore www.SedonaHikingApp.com for trail listings and

Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 110 trails, over four hundred miles of trail documented and available in the App. You can follow your location in real time and always know where you are on the trail. Visit and explore www.SedonaHikingApp.com for trail listings and hike highlights with pictures from the trails.

Here's how it works: After you decide on the trails you'd like to experience, download the trails onto your device (with a network connection) and 'select' them as you do the hike. Click 'Take a Hike' to see the map. Everything you need is in each hike package, including driving directions This really is hiking for everyone. Easy, moderate, and hard day hikes to enjoy the grandeur of Sedona!

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One Tribe Tours

One Tribe Tours

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Experience Sedona's healing power by tapping into her potent vortex energy. Let us take you deeper into the present moment where you can safely release, heal, and recharge your batteries. Our tours and retreats are private, personalized and customizable to meet your spiritual and physical needs. Your tour can include a smudging ceremony, rose petal ceremony, guided meditation, hiking, yoga in a vortex site, a healing session, and spectacular views. We will show you how to connect to Mother Earth in a sacred way. Plus enjoy our delicious organic homemade cookies, chocolates, and tea!

Bell Rock Vortex

Bell Rock Vortex

Stunning scenery, epic red rock landscapes and wide-open skies are just part of what makes a trip to Sedona’s Bell Rock a memorable travel experience. Visitors can navigate the destination’s five trails, which range from an easy hike between the Courthouse Vista Parking Lot and the Base of
Stunning scenery, epic red rock landscapes and wide-open skies are just part of what makes a trip to Sedona’s Bell Rock a memorable travel experience. Visitors can navigate the destination’s five trails, which range from an easy hike between the Courthouse Vista Parking Lot and the Base of Bell Rock, to more challenging routes, like the moderate climb to Upper Bell Rock Trail or the most strenuous option, known as The Ascent. Travelers will catch incredible views of Chicken Point, Submarine Rock and Chapel of the Holy Cross—true icons of Arizona’s famed Red Rock State Park—from various lookouts along Bell Rock’s multiple trails.

Boyton Canyon

Boyton Canyon

Boynton Canyon Trail’s breathtaking red rocks views and easy passes make it one Sedona’s most accessible hikes. Travelers find impressive panoramic landscapes early in the three-mile trek, where open desert, lush foliage and sky-high canyon views reign supreme. And while some say this acce
Boynton Canyon Trail’s breathtaking red rocks views and easy passes make it one Sedona’s most accessible hikes. Travelers find impressive panoramic landscapes early in the three-mile trek, where open desert, lush foliage and sky-high canyon views reign supreme. And while some say this accessible hike ends in a rather anti-climactic way because box canyon walls stretch up on either side, ancient Sinaguan Indian ruins and tons of biodiversity make it a memorable outdoor experience for visitors to Sedona.

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